Claremore Daily Progress

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March 7, 2013

Former RSU-TV director speaks of importance of public television

CLAREMORE — He may have been spending the past few months in Oklahoma City, but former Claremore resident Dan Schiedel was back in Zebra Country this week as special guest and speaker of the day at  the Rotary Club of Claremore. 

“It’s so good to be ‘in the house’ — to be back in Claremore and to see so many familiar and friendly faces,” said Schiedel, formerly of RSU-TV. “OETA has so many different programs offering so many different things to so many different people.
“As, I believe most of you know, OETA has been around for roughly six decades, and we’re getting ready to celebrate our 60th anniversary,” he said. “The network is in Festival, if you haven’t noticed, which is the time when we ask our members to do their part and contribute to keep public television going. It’s the time of the year when we reach out to the viewers to ask them to give back (to OETA) not so much for us, but for them as well.”
Schiedel turned his address to whom public television serves and offered some background about OETA.
“The network, who we are and who we serve, some people look at us like a great daycare provider because of all the quality children’s programming we offer. Our children’s programming is second-to-none in its educational value,” he said. “These run from about six in the morning to mid-afternoon. Through us, the kids have a great place to which they can turn for non-commercial children’s programming of the highest educational content.”
Schiedel described OETA as “Oklahoma’s largest classroom,” with more than 100 Oklahoma schools currently participating in the “Colonial Williamsburg” electronic television fieldtrips, involving thousands of students in the state.
“We’re a safe haven for Oklahoma families, providing non-commercial, non-violent and educational entertainment and information,” he said. “In recent years, OETA has enhanced its user-friendly, interactive website with full video for every (OETA) production, allowing 24-hour on-demand access for Oklahoma students, teachers and other citizens.

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